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Nation & World

October 9, 2013

US expected to slash aid to Egyptian government

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei — U.S. officials say the Obama administration is poised to slash hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Egypt.

The announcement is expected this week, once official notifications have been made to all interested parties.

The U.S. has been considering such a move since the Egyptian military ousted the country's first democratically elected leader in June. It would be a dramatic shift for the Obama administration, which has declined to label the ouster a coup and has argued that it is in U.S. national security interests to keep aid flowing.

The U.S. officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly before the administration's official announcement.

 

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